For Web Developers

Maintenance-free Text Only links on your pages


Textise offers an easy method for creating real-time text-only versions of web pages without having to create and maintain separate code. Just include the following in your pages:


<a href="javascript:location.href = '' + escape(escape(location.href))" class="cTextise">Accessible Version</a>

If you’d like the text only page to appear in a new tab or page, use:


<a href="javascript:var url = '' + escape(escape(location.href));var win =, '_blank');win.focus();" class="cTextise">Accessible Version</a>

The Textise web service

Alternatively, the core Textise code is exposed as a web service:


Replace with a URL of your choice, add your GUID* and you’re off. The final 5 params have been implemented for Textise Pro and should be left as is for normal use, but feel to free to experiment with them. strContent, for example, allows you to send a string of HTML for conversion rather than a URL.

linkStyle values are as follows:


0 = "Textised" links (lead to text-only pages)
1 = "Original" links (lead to non-Textised pages)
2 = All links converted to plain text

From an IDE like Visual Studio, you’ll need to add a web reference to the service:


*If you don’t have a GUID, write to me via the Contact Page, with some details on how to intend to use the web service, and I’ll send you one.

Controlling what gets Textised

Not everything in a web page converts nicely to text. All those links in your headers, for example, look pretty clumsy when displayed text-only. To solve this problem, I’ve added a class, “notextise”, so you can control what gets converted and what gets excluded by Textise. Here’s an example:

This text will convert to text but


This text will appear.

You can add the “notextise” class to div, span and p tags. Note that Textise expects only the tag, one space and class=”notextise”, as in the example.

I’ve also created a page to illustrate the use of “notextise”. Have a look at, then Textise it to see how it works.

With judicious use of “notextise” you can create good-looking text-only versions of your pages. It’s also useful if you want to offer your customers a printer-friendly option.


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